Denver Dunn interview (Top Fuel)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 DUNN HOPES AGGRESSIVE APPROACH DELIVERS TOP FUEL VICTORY AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. -- When it comes to judging success in NHRA Winston Drag Racing, Mike Dunn likes to...

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DUNN HOPES AGGRESSIVE APPROACH DELIVERS TOP FUEL VICTORY AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. -- When it comes to judging success in NHRA Winston Drag Racing, Mike Dunn likes to keep it simple. Drivers are successful when they win championships and win races. Nothing else matters. Top-five finishes in the point standings? So what. Second place is first loser. Dunn, from Wrightsville, Pa., also is enough of a realist to know that his chances of winning the NHRA Winston Top Fuel championship this season are slim at best. He's sixth in the NHRA Winston standings with 561 points, 496 behind leader Gary Scelzi. So now it's time for Dunn -- winless this season -- to concentrate on winning races. Dunn thinks that can happen if he and the Team Mopar crew take a walk on the wild side. "We've changed our approach since we're not going to win the championship," Dunn said. "We're getting more aggressive, making big changes to find a better baseline tuneup." Those changes could produce a victory for Dunn at the 19th annual, $1,532,000 Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, July 17-20 at Bandimere Speedway. The race is the 12th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Clutch problems slowed Dunn after a strong start to the season. He was fourth in the NHRA Winston point standings, and just seven points from third, after four races in the Team Mopar Dragster owned by former Top Fuel star Darrell Gwynn. But then the team struggled to adjust to new clutch-disc compounds and has won just four rounds since April 1. "We've been so inconsistent, so at times we've run well and it looks like we're aggressive, but that's not the case," Dunn said. "We figure these changes aren't going to make the car any worse. They can only help."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Dunn , Gary Scelzi , Darrell Gwynn